Are You a Fan of Fan Fiction?

If you like to write I-Man fan fiction or just read it, you might want to head over to the LiveJournal group A Sense of Community (hot_donuts).  They are gathering fans together for an I-Man fic challenge.  So far it looks like they have around 17 participants, but they are looking for more.  You don’t have to be a member of the group to join.  All I-Man fans are welcome. 

The information you need is spelled out in the two latests posts.  But if you have questions, I’m sure someone there will be happy to help you out.  Right now they are asking for prompts from both writers and readers.

There’s no such thing as too much I-Man fic, so head on over and join in on the fun!

A Sense of Community LiveJournal Group

Invisible Man Counteragent

The Invisible Man Counteragent website has always been a great resource for I-Man fans, so I wanted to be sure to let I-Man fans know that the site has moved.  That’s right, it now has a new home on MySpace.

It’s a work in progress but, already, there are some really great features on the site such as Darien’s quotes, seasons’ one and two episode guides, the famous Darien’s rap, a ringtone you can get for your phone, a ton of photos, and more.  Do check it out and be sure to friend Invisible Man Counteragent while you’re there.  I-Man fan Ed has done a great job putting the site together.


“The Invisible Man” Gets its Own Chapter

A couple of years ago I was approached by author/journalist Mark Phillips who, along with his writing partner Frank Garcia, was writing the second in a series of books on science fiction TV series.  Their first book, Science Fiction Television Series, was published in 2006 and covered TV series from 1959 to 1989.  Their second book was to cover series from 1990 to 2004.  So guess which series that we all know and love fits into that date range?  Yep, The Invisible Man.

When Mark approached me asking for help on an Invisible Man chapter that he was writing for the book, I was happy to help.  Hey, I’m a fan.  How could I resist?  So I provided information about the show and helped edit the chapter, as well as arranged interviews with Vince and Paul

Now, after all this time, the book has finally been published!  Mark did a really nice job with the chapter.  There are maybe one or two errors that crept into the chapter, but for the most part, it’s pretty accurate.

Mark starts out with a quote from writer Leslie Stevens who said, “Invisibility sucks.”  Leslie wasn’t referring to the power of invisibility but, instead, was complaining about the difficulty in creating a successful series about invisibility.  Is it any wonder?  Virtually every invisible man series created before our invisible man series has performed poorly.  But when you consider that film is a visual medium and invisibility is, well, invisible, you can begin to see the difficulties that filmmakers have making invisibility work.

This makes me appreciate the brilliance of Matt Greenberg even more.  Not only did he not skimp on the invisibility aspects, but he created a way to do invisibility that we hadn’t seen before, what with the gland and Quicksilver.  However, he wisely didn’t put the focus on the invisibility.  Instead, he created fun, flawed, and fascinating characters that we could fall in love with and care about.  In fact, it was the “show’s emphasis on characterization” that attracted Vince to the part of Darien.

Mark writes about several of the episodes such as the pilot (good choice), “Catevari,” and “Legends.”  In hindsight, I probably should have suggested that he include something about a few of the stronger episodes.  I would have liked to have seen something in the chapter about “Flowers for Hobbes,” “Brother’s Keeper,” or “The Other Invisible Man.”


Subjects Mark writes about in the chapter include the casting process, the chemistry between Vince and Paul, the visual effects, the addition of agent Alex Monroe, and the cancellation.  There’s some interesting stuff there that you may or may not know about.

The book is definitely a must have for I-Man fans, as well as lovers of science fiction TV shows.  You can purchase a copy for yourself by clicking on the link below.  That will take you to a website filled with all kinds of information about both books as well as ordering info.  (I bought my copy from Amazon.) 

Note:  I’m not making any money plugging this book.  My only rewards have been being able to help with promoting I-Man to more people and getting a very nice acknowledgment in the Acknowledgments section of the book.

 Science Fiction Television Series

French Fan Site

Invisible Man fans are an international community and it’s really nice when I get to hear from those of you who are in other countries.  A fan from France by the name of Elodie contacted me a couple of months ago and was very supportive of my film project.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all her support as well as those of other French I-Man fans out there.  It’s great to know that there are other fans out there who want to see the cast together again as much as I do.  Thank you!

Elodie runs a great I-Man fan site that you should check out.  The link is below and I’ve also added it to the Friends and Supporters section on the right-hand side of the blog.  Her site is written in French, so if you don’t read the language, you might try any of those handy free translator programs that are on the Internet.  It will at least give you a gist of what is written. 

Blog de Serie-Invisible-Man

Cool I-Man Art

darien_fawkes___living_hell_by_schuyler_fox_draculInvisible Man fans, check out this terrific drawing done by Kristy (a.k.a. Rain), an I-Man fan from Australia.  The piece is called Darien Fawkes – Living Hell.  You can see a larger version of the picture by clicking on the above link and then clicking on the picture.

Kristy is the same artist who created the wonderful artwork for our I-ManiCon 2007 t-shirts, which some of you may remember.

This fandom has some very talented fans!

Catching Up On Paul Ben-Victor News, Part 1

Paul Ben-Victor at the Prism Awards
Paul Ben-Victor at the Prism Awards

A few weeks back I told Paul that I would get a blog post up and let all of you know about his new Facebook fan page.  Well, I have to apologize to him and you for the delay.  Things have been really busy for me and I’m just now getting it done.  

Not long ago, I scoured through the I-Man pictures that I’ve collected over the years and sent a whole bunch of them to him for his new Facebook fan page.  However, I only sent him pictures that he was in.  Hey, after all this is his fan page.  But you’ll also see plenty of the rest of the cast in those pics.    

The fan page is run by a friend of his.  So, if you’re a Facebook user, or if you want to be, go join Paul’s new Facebook fan page and show your support.  Check it out!  

Paul Ben-Victor’s Facebook Page

In Plain Sight

The Prism Awards

In Plain Sight continues its second season on USA.  Recently the show was nominated for a Prism award.  It didn’t win, but Paul was one of the presenters at the awards ceremony. 

Season One DVDs

If you’ve been wanting to buy this series on DVD, wait no more.  Season one of In Plain Sight is now available, and it happens to be on sale right now at  


Paul answers the question:  What was it like filming in Albuquerque?  
Paul answers the question:  Why are viewers going to watch the second season?  
Paul answers the question:  How does it feel to be part of a successful show?  
Paul answers the question:  What is in store for Stan this season?  
Paul answers the question:  What are your favorite parts of filming last season?  
Part two coming soon.  

Eight Years Ago Today…

Eight years ago today The Invisible Man appeared on our TV sets for the first time.  It premiered with the highest ratings of any other Sci Fi Channel show up to that point; and was the number two show on the network during its two-season run.  It received several Saturn Award nominations and won a best ensemble award from TV Zone magazine. In addition, several episodes were among the Futon Critic’s Top 50 Episode picks for 2001 and 2002.  At the time of its cancellation it was the only show growing in syndication. 

I remember coming into the Pilot 15 minutes late because I almost forgot it was on!  I was kicking myself because I had been watching the commercials for the show and was really looking forward to checking it out.  I had hoped it would be good and I was pleasantly surprised.  I decided then to give this show a chance and by the third episode I was hooked. 

Little did I know back then what a profound effect this show would have on my life.  I could have never imagined that I’d be doing what I’m doing today.  But here I am years later working on getting the cast back together again and having a blast doing it.  Yes, it is a heck of a lot of work and sometimes I have to deal with frustrations, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I’m going to keep at it until I get our cast together again in a film.  And who knows where that will lead?  Maybe someday we’ll get to see more I-Man too. 

Anyhoo, in honor of this day, I thought I’d create a poll.  Remember those?  I haven’t done one in ages.  So I’m asking two questions this time:  1) When did you start watching The Invisible Man?  and 2) Where have you watched it?  To answer the poll questions, go to the Shoom Zone home page (yeah, I’ve been playing around with the design again) and scroll down a bit until you see the poll.  It’ll be fun to see your answers!